In 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik, the first man-made object to reach orbit around the Earth. The event ignited the "Space Race" between the US and the Soviets, which ran parallel to the Cold War. In 1959, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space, and it looked as if the race had been lost. But in 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of putting a man on the Moon — and the rest is history. Created from thousands of stills taken by astronauts, Lunar animates the longest journey ever undertaken in the history of mankind.